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The January-February 2012 PNEUMA INFORMER

In this issue

What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.org
New Online Articles
New Links and Content Worth Noticing
Help is Needed
Join us on Facebook
Reports from Around the World
Lithuania: Miracle of New Life
Iran: Government declares house churches a threat
USA: Church wins Firing case at Supreme Court
More than 5 Billion can hear the Bible in their heart language
Nigeria: Christians Murdered, Boko Haram Terrorist Accepts Christ
Arab Spring not bringing revolution or freedom for Christians
Liberia: Brutal Warlord Finds Jesus and Becomes Evangelist
Charismatic Leaders Experience Fire of Revival at Empowered21 Asia
Japan: Missionaries of hope needed
News and Headlines
Report the News
Resources You Can Use
Billy Graham Sermon Audio Archives Available Online
Pentecostal Theology Conversation
Upcoming Conferences
Excerpts from THE PNEUMA REVIEW
Excerpt from "The Third Wave" by Henry I. Lederle
THEOLOGY FOR A TROUBLED BELIEVER, Reviewed by Bernie Van De Walle
Prayer Requests

What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.org

New Online ArticlesNew Links and Content Worth Noticing
  • The Pneuma Foundation is pleased to add content to our website as a resource to our members and friends around the world. We also add links to content that we are not able to republish ourselves, but may be of interest. Here are some examples of links added recently to "Links to Articles & Books" www.pneumafoundation.org/links_articles.jsp and from "Links to Study Resources" www.pneumafoundation.org/links_study.jsp
  • The largest list of Pentecostal/charismatic Bible Schools available online anywhere. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/links_schools.jsp
    Add your school: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/links.jsp#link
  • John P. Lathrop, "Recovering Divine Guidance" Have you found yourself growing insensitive to divine guidance in your ministry? John Lathrop draws key principles from the experiences of the early church whose discernment brought them clarity and confidence (Christian Trends, June-July 2011). http://ctrendsmag.com/30-33.pdf
Help is Needed
  • Help us improve our Bible Schools page
    The Pentecostal/charismatic Bible Schools page (www.PneumaFoundation.org/links_schools.jsp) has been a tremendous resource to our public around the world, but many of the links are now out of date. Would you be willing to test them for us and help us find up to date contact information? Do you know of other schools that belong on this list?
    Write to Editor Raul Mock who is coordinating this effort. www.pneumafoundation.org/contactus.jsp
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Reports from Around the World

Lithuania: Miracle of New Life
Evangelistic crusade that reports hundreds making first time decisions for Jesus. "... Franklin Graham began his message on the final night of the Lithuania Festival of Hope. 'Is your soul secure in the hand of Almighty God?'"
www.charismanews.com/world/32237-lithuanias-proof-miracles-can-happen

Iran: Government declares house churches a threat
It seems that the gloves are finally off. According to a report from Iranian Christian News Agency, Iran's Minister of Intelligence calls house churches "a threat to youth." He also says the Iranian authorities are working to stop the growth of Christianity. Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs says, "This is a change of direction from what we saw even two or three years ago, where the government ignored the Church. Now they feel threatened because so many people are coming to Christ that they're publicly speaking out about it." Although believers were already being rounded up under the apostasy law, there was a spike in persecution around the Advent Season: "This is a time where Christians are celebrating. It's a time where perhaps they are sharing the Gospel, sharing the story of Christmas. So I don't think it's a surprise that the government would say, 'Beware of this threat.'" Prayer is needed. "I think this is yet another confirmation of what an incredible work God is doing in Iran."
Source: Adapted from Mission Network News, 30 November, 2011. Full story: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16518

USA: Church wins Firing case at Supreme Court
Hailed as one of the most significant religious freedom cases in 20 years, the Supreme Court has ruled in the Hosanna-Tabor case against the US government's attempt to narrow the ministerial exception. The ministerial exception allows churches and religious schools to hire and fire ministers (including certain teachers at Christian schools) without regard for rules against discrimination that would otherwise be applicable. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/januaryweb-only/church-firing-case-supreme-court.html
Source: Adapted from the summary in January 16, 2012 Rush to Press from the ECPA

More than 5 Billion can hear the Bible in their heart language
Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's largest audio Bible ministry, has announced that they now have available the New Testament in over 600 languages, languages spoken by over 5 billion people around the world.
Read the press release about their latest milestone and astounding progress: www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/audio-bibles-now-available-601-languages

Nigeria: Christians Murdered, Boko Haram Terrorist Accepts Christ
More than 130 Christians, including several indigenous missionaries, were brutally slaughtered on November 11 when members of a fanatic Islamic sect viciously attacked the mostly Christian community of New Jerusalem in Yobe State, Nigeria.
As one of the Boko Haram terrorists was poised to slit the throat of his Christian victim, he was suddenly struck with the weight of the evil he was about to commit. Dropping his machete, he ran to the nearest church, asking a pastor for help. The confessed killer was led to Christ and is being discipled, even though the family members of the former terrorist have been murdered in retribution for his "disloyalty to Islam."
Read the full story: christianaid.org/Missionaries/MIR/mir20111123.aspx
Source: Adapted from the Nov 23, 2011 Africa e-Alert from Christian Aid.

Arab Spring not bringing revolution or freedom for Christians
The "Arab Spring" brought fresh hope for freedom and change, but for believers, that has been anything but true. Open Doors' Carl Moeller says, "The reality for Christians in the Northern Africa/Middle Eastern region who have experienced an 'Arab Spring' is that the situation is far more complex and dangerous for Christians in that region than it was a year ago. The political dimension of almost every one of the revolutions has become the contours of an Islamic government," resulting in a spike in persecution. The situations are still fluid; however, Moeller expects to see an exodus. "We think that Christians will emigrate more; we think there will be an upswing in persecution and restrictions, but we're still hopeful and prayerful that the church will continue to grow, nonetheless." Pray not only for the strength of Christians in the region. Also pray "that in the midst of turmoil, people would be searching for spiritual answers and that they would find those answers in Jesus Christ."
Christian Freedom International says "'Arab Spring' Means 'Christian Winter' for Millions of Persecuted Christians." www.christianfreedom.org/news/%e2%80%9carab-spring%e2%80%9d-means-%e2%80%9cchristian-winter%e2%80%9d-for-millions-of-persecuted-christians/
A Saudi journalist calls it "The Muslim Brotherhood Spring" english.alarabiya.net/views/2011/11/06/175697.html
Source: Mission Network News, 15 December, 2011. Full story: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16585

Liberia: Brutal Warlord Finds Jesus and Becomes Evangelist
An African warlord who killed 20,000 people repented and is now a Christian evangelist. A practitioner of human sacrifice for years and a believer in demonic protection, his vision of Jesus in the middle of a battle was a dramatic turning point in his life.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/african-warlord-who-killed-20000-people-repents-now-christian-evangelist-65550

Charismatic Leaders Experience Fire of Revival at Empowered21 Asia
Report from Empowered21 Asia: www.charismanews.com/world/32244-charismatic-leaders-experience-fire-of-revival-at-empowered21-asia

Japan: Missionaries of hope needed
The devastation of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami has created an unprecedented opening for many in Japan to hear the good news of Jesus. But the laborers are few.
"We need hundreds of missionaries to come to Japan. This is the hour."
www.mnnonline.org/article/16546

News and Headlines
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See other news to pray and praise God about in the Prayer Requests department below.

Report the News
We are looking for stories about what God is doing in the world, reports about the persecution of Christians, and information about significant trends and ministry opportunities. If you have a news item to report, please send an email to the PNEUMA INFORMER. www.PneumaFoundation.org/ContactUs.jsp

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Resources You Can Use

Billy Graham Sermon Audio Archives Available Online
CharismaNews announcing this resource: www.charismanews.com/culture/32265-billy-graham-sermon-audio-archives-available-online
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website where the resource is available: www.billygraham.org/audio-archives.asp


Pentecostal Theology Conversation
John Lathrop writes about a new group on Facebook that might be of interest to our readers:

Yesterday I saw that there is a new group on Facebook called Pentecostal Theology Worldwide. A couple of my Facebook friends joined. You have to ask to join (and be approved). ... I see that Assemblies of God scholar, Stanley Horton, is part of the group.

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Upcoming Conferences

Converge 2012

Converge 2012: joint meeting of Empowered 21 USA with the 41st annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies

Where: Hosted by Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA).
When: February 29 through March 3, 2012.

Theme: Pentecostalisms, Peacemaking, and Social Justice/ Righteousness

Converge 2012 is a gathering of ministry leaders and scholars from around the world and across the United States.

More information: Empowered 21 http://www.empowered21.com
Society for Pentecostal Studies http://www.sps-usa.org



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Excerpts from THE PNEUMA REVIEW

THE PNEUMA REVIEW is a quarterly printed journal of ministry resources and theology for Pentecostal and charismatic ministries and leaders. For more information about THE PNEUMA REVIEW, and to learn how to subscribe, please visit: Introducing THE PNEUMA REVIEW. www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jsp

For a full index of the contents of all Pneuma Review issues, visit: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/pr_archive.jsp.





Excerpt from "The Third Wave" by Henry I. Lederle

From the Winter 2012 issue

An excerpt from:
"The Third Wave: New Independent Charismatic Churches"
Part 1 of 2

Now available in full on PneumaReview.com: pneumareview.com/hlederle-third-wave-1

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This is part of chapter six from Henry I. Lederle, Theology with Spirit: The Future of the Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century (Tulsa: Word & Spirit Press, 2010). Used with permission.

Henry I. Lederle, Theology with Spirit: The Future of the Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century. Tulsa: Word & Spirit Press, 2010. x + 246 pp.; bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0-9819526-3-5.
Distributed by Ingram (ingrambook.com). Available at BarnesAndNoble.com and Amazon.com, also in the Kindle Store.
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Henry I. Lederle, D.Th. (University of South Africa) and M.A. (University of Orange Free State), is Professor of Theology and Ministry at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He is the author of Treasures Old and New: Interpretations of Spirit-Baptism in the Charismatic Renewal Movement (Hendrickson, 1988) and several collections of essays, articles and reviews.

Read more articles in the Winter 2012 issue of THE PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jsp


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THEOLOGY FOR A TROUBLED BELIEVER, Reviewed by Bernie Van De Walle

From the Winter 2012 issue

Diogenes Allen, Theology for a Troubled Believer: An Introduction to the Christian Faith (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 223 pages, ISBN 9780664223229.

Now available on PneumaReview.com: pneumareview.com/diogenes-allen-theology-for-a-troubled-believer

Reviewed by Bernie A. Van De Walle

Preview Theology for a Troubled Believer: books.google.com/books?id=ouWlkBXeg5IC

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Bernie A. Van De Walle, Ph.D. (Drew University), is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Ambrose University College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The author of The Heart of the Gospel: A. B. Simpson, the Fourfold Gospel, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Theology, he has served as the President of the Christian Theological Research Fellowship and sits on the Steering Committee of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium.

Read more reviews and other articles in every issue of THE PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jsp


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Prayer Requests

  • Nigeria: Muslim terrorists continue to kill Christians and burn churches. The extremist group Boko Haram is a threat to Nigeria's stability and security and to the religious freedoms of all non-Muslims. Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs says, "They absolutely want Nigeria to be under Sharia law. The term 'Boko Haram' means 'Western education is a sin,' so they clearly want to return the entire country of Nigeria to what they would see as the traditional Muslim way - that is, for Sharia to be in place for the whole country." Hundreds have been killed in 2011, including 100 Christians in October. Church leaders are frustrated at the lack of government intervention, some even speaking of succession. Pray for believers. "They want to respond in a way that is effective. They want to encourage their government to protect them, but they also want to follow Christ's call to 'forgive those who persecute you and to love your enemies.'"
    Read a related report from International Christian Concern: www.persecution.org/2011/11/07/muslims-radicals-kill-150-in-nigeria-churches-also-attacked
    Source: Adapted from Mission Network News, 9 November, 2011. http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16443
  • Rabson, a minister in India, asks for prayer: "We kindly ask you to pray for the continued provision of food for the orphan children under our care. We also request for your prayers that God will open ways for these needy children to get clothing. We also kindly ask you to pray for people to help sponsor these children for them to receive a better education that will help them be self-sufficient in the future."
    Reference Number: 90048974